Disability Group Sues Iowa's Governor

Jun 14, 2017

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Six Iowans with disabilities have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Kim Reynolds, over the state’s shift to a privately run Medicaid program. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

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Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds

The Des Moines Register reports that the suit alleges that the state is depriving thousands of Iowans the legal right to live safely outside of care facilities.  It holds Reynolds and her human services director responsible for the private management companies' actions. The advocacy group Disability Rights Iowa organized the lawsuit and is asking a federal judge to tell the state to stop discriminatory cuts in services to 15,000 Iowans with serious disabilities.

The plaintiffs want the suit be declared a "class action" on behalf of all disabled Iowans suffering from such cuts. The lawsuit says Reynolds’ predecessor, Gov. Terry Branstad and his Human Services Director failed to keep a promise that disabled Iowans’ services would not change for at least two years.  For Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.